Ernest “Ernie” William Michaliska, 90, a longtime resident of Riverside, died peacefully in his sleep on April 28, 2015.
Mr. Michaliska graduated from Morton High School in 1943 and entered the U.S. Navy, serving until 1946 as a storekeeper in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal and the American Area Campaign Medal.
After the war, he used the G.I. Bill to obtain a certificate in accounting at Northwestern University. During his career, he worked as an office/building manager and accountant for Pullman Standard, Witco and Admiral.
Mr. Michaliska was an avid bowler and golfer who established several local leagues for group participation. He loved watching the Chicago Cubs and was active at his church, St. Mary in Riverside. He also served as a volunteer for PeopleCare for many years.
The youngest of five children, Mr. Michaliska’s first concern was always with the needs of others and he cared for all of his siblings and his mother, who preceded him in death.
He never missed a milestone in the life of any of his children or grandchildren, and he was also a handyman, who could always be counted on the fix anything, including an injured heart.
Mr. Michaliska is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Michaliska (nee Amoroso). He was the father of Judy (Jay) Sandy-Howk, Gary (Nancy) Michaliska, Jane (David) Fremgen, and Donna (Jim) Galt; the grandfather of Jessica Sandy, Jonathan Sandy, Jacob Michaliska, Rachel (Anthony) Mercado, Zachary Michaliska, Caleb Michaliska, Sheryl Galt, Matthew Galt, and Erin Galt.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 1 at St. Mary Church in Riverside. Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.